My inspiration comes from my dogs. Several years ago, my German Shepard tore ligaments in her knee and underwent surgery. Anyone that has gone through this or other traumatic injuries with the furry friends knows what a heart wrenching experience this can be. As my dog went under the knife, I realized how little I knew about what was about to happen and how I was going to help her heal on the other end. Inevitably, a year later, the second knee went. This time we opted not to do the surgery and rehabbed her instead. It was through this experience that I was initially exposed to rehab for dogs post surgery. Assisting my pup in this process, I learned that licensed physiotherapists could take training through the Animal Rehab Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA), to provide physical rehab services for dogs!!!Returning to school, I completed a MScPT, became a licensed and practicing physiotherapist and then went on to take the Diploma in Canine Rehabilitation through CPA. Both my retriever and shepard received assessment and treatments (and still do!) as I learned canine anatomy (very similar to ours) and how to apply physio assessment and treatment techniques to dogs.Years after her CCL tears, my shepard began scuffing her back feet. At first I thought it was some arthritis in her hind end, however the signs became undeniable. She had/has degenerative myelopathy (DM)… essentially the doggy equivalent to ALS, a progressive degenerative neurologic condition that would eventually take away the use of her hind legs. Insert “tears” here. The evolution of this disease has been a roller coaster and has both broken my heart yet given me unbelievable inspiration not to give up. Over a year after complete paralyzation of her hind end, she uses a cart to get around. I tie a leash to the back of her cart to keep up with her as she barrels after her brother, down the beach and into the ocean. The disease has progressed and at each stage she seems to find a way to keep living life. I continue to learn first hand about managing this disease and am able to share these lessons to other pet parents. It is an amazing gift.I’ve gone through my own pets’ injuries and surgeries and there are things I wish I knew then that I do now. This is what I want to share with you! As a physiotherapist I am able to help pet parents with their own body mechanics while they help their pets, so that they reduce their own risk of injury. I go to homes to help assess and make sure the home environment is optimal for promoting healing and reducing risk of further injury. I help with determining if your dog needs a gait aid (i.e. harness) and what would be appropriate.